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6 Fibromyalgia Pain Relief Strategies

Posted in Health & Fitness on December 19th, 2006

Treating the pain associated with Fibromyalgia can be a difficult task since cures that help one person might not help you. Here is a list of popular and common pain remedies that should help your symptoms.

  1. Entering into a consistent and relaxing exercise routine is one of the easiest and most beneficial ways of dealing with Fibromyalgia. Not only does exercise help keep you fit and trim, it also helps with blood flow throughout the body. It can also help normalize sleep patters and reduce the amount of time it takes for your body to recover from injury. Please remember to never start an exercise routine without consulting a doctor first.
  2. A low carb and high protein diet is another popular way to help relieve Fibromyalgia pain. Not only will eating right help your body overall, by eliminating high amounts of saturated fat, refined white sugar, caffeine and alcohol, you can eliminate many common symptom triggers. Combine that with a beneficial exercise routine, and you will be well on your way to a healthier body and less pain.
  3. As any long time sufferer of Fibromyalgia can tell you, nothing feels better than a good heating pad. Pads help with circulation and also help to loosen up muscles and joints that can ache during severe bouts of Fibro flare-up. There are many different pads you can use, cordless and the old-fashioned plug-in kinds. There are also chemical heating pads that you can you and even wear under your clothes during the day. Some of these pads can last up to 8 hours.
  4. The use of topical pain medications is another popular way to deal with Fibromyalgia. But a quick trip to your local drug store reveals an overwhelming choice in pain relief rubs. The industry standard is, of course, Bengay. But if you’ve tried it and didn’t care for the results, there are literally a dozen other choices available. And if none of the name brand medications seem to do the trick, there are also a slew of homeopathic remedies and all-natural creams that many sufferers swear by.
  5. Meditation might not be a cure-all for pain, but it can help relieve a lot of stress that can be a major trigger for Fibromyalgia symptoms. Meditation is a very personal, and for most a private practice. Most people require a quiet place, maybe some soothing music and the ability to completely relax. Meditation can also give a big boost to self-confidence by putting practitioners in the mindset that they can control their Fibromyalgia, and thus their pain, as well.
  6. A final helper for pain is deep tissue massage. By helping to stimulate blood flow in the joints and muscles that are aching, symptoms and pain can be reduced. This works much the same way as a heating pad, but many Fibromyalgia sufferers swear by the deeper and more complete relief of a massage. You may need to experiment with this option. Try and find a massuse who has dealt with fibro patients before as initially the pain can stop you continuing with the massage.

Fibromyalgia can be a painful and debilitating ailment. Luckily, there are many non-drug methods of dealing with the chronic pain caused by this condition. You may have to try several methods before you find one that is right for you, but there is hope for everyone with Fibromyalgia.

For more information on overcoming Fibromyalgia symptoms please visit Eliminate Fibromyalgia.

Understanding How Your Knee Works

Posted in Health & Fitness on December 11th, 2006

The knee is a lower extremity joint connecting the femur and the tibia. Because the knee is responsible for supporting almost the entire weight of the human body, the knee is especially vulnerable to injury and to the development of osteoarthritis.The knee is a very complex joint, made up of bone, cartilage and tendons. The knee is actually made up of two separate joints. The femoro-patellar joint consists of the “kneecap” or patella, which sits inside the anterior thigh muscles tendons, and the patellar groove on the front of the femur bone through which it slides. The femoro-tibial joint connects the thigh bone, known as the femur, with the tibia, the large bone in the lower leg. One unique feature of the knee is that the joint is surrounded with a thick fluid found inside a membrane.The knee also contains the following ligaments, which most sports fans could probably list off verbatim considering the high number of incidents of highly paid professional athletes tearing one or more of them.

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). The ACL is probably the best known of the knee ligaments and is extremely important in good knee health. The ACL keeps the tibia bone from being moved too far to the front of the knee in relative position to the femur bone. The ACL is one of four major ligaments inside the knee. It connects from the back and outside part of the femur bone to the front and inside part of the tibia bone.

The posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). Not to be confused with the Pacific Coast League of minor league baseball, the posterior cruciate ligament is the second of the four major ligaments in the knee. It connects the back intercondylar area of the tibia bone to the medial condyle of the femur. An exam called the posterior drawer test is used by doctors to detect injury to the PCL. During the test, the doctor will position himself sitting on the end of the patients foot with the knee turned 80 degrees. The doctor then jerks the tibia backwards. If there is excessive movement, a tear in the PCL is probable.

The Capsular Ligament. Also known as the joint capsules or articular capsules form a space for the bone joints to move in. Each capsule is made up of two layers – an outer layer made up of white, fibrous tissue, and an inner layer which secretes fluid.

The Ligamentum Patellae. The Patellar ligament is an anterior ligament and is a strong and flat band about 8 cm long and is attached to the kneecap and to the tibia. Its fibres stretch over the front of the kneecap with the tendon from the quadriceps.

The Medial Collateral Ligament. The MCL protects the side of the knee from being bent open from a force from the other side of the knee.

The Lateral Collateral Ligament. The LCL protects the knee from a bending force from inside the knee.

The Oblique Popliteal Ligament. The OBL is a broad, flat, fibrous band.

As you can see with all these different aspects to the knee there is a high possibility of things going wrong within the joint.

For more information on treating and preventing knee pain please visit:

Banishing Knee Pain.

 

 

Six Benefits of Meditation

Posted in Recreation & Hobbies, recreation on December 6th, 2006

Meditation is invaluable for many people. Think of meditation as the opposite of a frazzled, stressful lifestyle. Learning to meditate is easy, and you will find the advantages of meditation can be varied, so meditation can help anyone in any walk of life.

First, meditation can help you significantly reduce pain. Many people who are in harsh physical pain will look to meditation as a way to release their minds and bodies from experiencing this pain, and most doctors recommend meditation as an alternative medicine. For those of us who suffer from chronic discomforts, such as backaches or arthritis, meditation is a great way to forget the pain altogether for a few minutes and reduce the pain overall in our lives.

Meditation is also a great way to release yourself from experiencing mental or spiritual pain. Many who have recently lost a loved one find that meditation is a way to push harmful and painful thoughts from the mind and create a less stressful life. Religious people also use meditation as a form of prayer or as a form of religious awakening. Although this does not have to be your reason for meditating, if you seek a way in which to connect to the divine, meditation is recommended in most, if not all, of the major world religious. By connecting more deeply to your form of God, you can find inner peace while you are meditating, and this will continue within your everyday life.

Mediation is also a great way to unlock your hidden potential. You may have heard of people who have had ideas “come to them”—this is a goal of meditation. When you have a problem, for example, by meditation, the answer can be made clear. This is true as well for creative blocks—writers and artists who take a break from work to meditate may find their work better when they return from a meditation session. In fact, in any job, meditation is a good way to deal with burnout—sometimes you just need a break from your job in order to make your work better. If you receive short breaks at work, or if you have time after lunch, this is a good time to meditate.

In general, meditation is not only useful for those who wish to solve the above problems. If you are happy and healthy with every aspect of life, you can still benefit from meditating. People who meditate find that their senses are better adjusted to life, and so you will be able to experience better vision, hearing, smell, taste, and touch.

You can also benefit from meditation by learning the process before you have to deal with stress—those who meditate find it easier to deal with problems that arise. Meditation is also good for pregnant mothers, and couples can meditate together to find inner peace with themselves and peace with one another.

Overall, meditation has almost no disadvantages, and it only takes 15 to 20 minutes every day to learn to enjoy the benefits. Before long, you should be able to clearly see the advantages to this practice showing up in your everyday life.